The Liberal Democrat Party
is to hold its Spring Conference in March 2011 at Sheffield City Hall.
Fifteen hundred delegates
are expected to attend the event, 11-13 March at the Art Deco venue that
recently hosted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Mercure St Paul’s will be
the HQ hotel for the
conference that is expected to deliver £1m impact for the wider local economy.
City Hall GM Dominic
Stokes describes the win as “great news” not only for the venue,
but for the city’s hotels, restaurants and other service providers. “As well as
bringing huge economic benefit to Sheffield, it
is also a valuable opportunity to showcase the city and its capability for
hosting major national events.”
Sheffield City Hall, an Art Deco
building refurbished in 2005, hosts over 700 events per year and city council
chief executive, John
Mothersole, says Sheffield is “fast developing an enviable national profile as a
first rate venue for major events”. The news of the Lib Dem win, he adds, will
“only bolster Sheffield’s reputation and we
plan to build upon that recognition and success in the future”.
The Liberal Democrats hold two conferences each year in the Spring
and Autumn. In 2010 the Spring Conference will be hosted at the ICC Birmingham
and the Autumn conference in Liverpool.